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Winners, finalists of the UOV Chamber of Commerce Awards

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

The 60th anniversary of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Annual Business Achievement Awards was held at the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

There will be 13 awards presented including the Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to The Eganville Leader's Gerald Tracey and Ron Tracey, in recognition of their dedication and community work. Several categories were awarded for the first time.

Large Business of the Year Award went to Hyska's Your Independent Grocer. The other finalists were Giant Tiger Pembroke and Murphy Ford. The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to The Sutherland Team. The other finalists were Das Studio and Valley Smokehouse.

The Creative Services Award was given to Das Studio. The other finalists were John A. Butler Photography and Paperback Events. The Professional Services Award was presented to Northern Credit Union. The other finalists were Dwight Montgomery and The Sutherland Team. BMO - Bank of Montreal received the Excellence in Agri-business, Farming or Rural Achievement Award. Hugli's Blueberry Farm and Kula's Permaculture Farm were the other finalists. Greenwood Paving received the Excellence in Construction and Trade Award. The other finalists were Alair Homes Renfrew and TCB Construction.

The following categories are all new for this year. The Excellence in Food, Wine or Hospitality Award was given to the Nook Crepiere. The other finalists were Janna's Gallery Café and Ullrich's. The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Fest received the Excellence in Tourism, Events or Promoting Award. The other finalists were the Ottawa Valley Craft Beer Festival and the Pembroke Business Improvement Area.

The Best Community Impact Award was presented to Pembroke Business Improvement Area. The other finalists were the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre and Tammy Blackmore. Algonquin College received the Excellence in Education Award. The other finalists were Ecole Jeanne-Lajoie and Valour K-12 School.

Emma Pesme was named the Employee of the Year. The other finalists were Elissa Rosene and Jessica Videto. The Customer Focus Award went to Discount Car and Truck Rentals. The other finalists were Crazy Beautiful Dresses and Ottawa Valley Apparel. The Start Up Superstar Award went to Sugar Society. The other finalists were Anna's Lingerie and Swimwear, and Wilkie's Fresh Bake Bread.


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